Jenny Louise Marie Hello friends!  How are you?  Life here has been kind of hectic lately, but is returning to normal ~ or a new normal anyway. So, you may have read about the book that I am working my way through here.  It is so great and so many light bulbs are lighting up for me.  Well, the next chapter especially clicked for me.  Author Casey talks about how to cultivate life right where you are right now.  It was such a good lesson for me that I thought I should share it with you. As I am sure you know personally, life hasRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie So, kids are off to school.  Yippee!  However, for some sweet kiddos the transition back to the school routine is hard.  They miss mom or dad.  They might feel alone or scared, especially if they’re in a new school.  Or, maybe you just want to make your kiddo feel extra loved and special.  Let them know that you think about them during the day.  I know I did.  I would picture my boys sitting down for lunch, opening their lunch boxes to find some silly lunchbox notes from me. Lunchbox notes are a fun and easy way to comfort your child orRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Good morning friends!  Did my title get your attention?  Well, I’ve been trying to come up with a post for today, but have had on luck.  The simple truth is that my heart’s not in this right now.  Those of you who know me already know that son #2 is leaving today for U.S. Navy basic training.  Yes, it will surely be grueling.  Yes, I know he will be fine.  He will do great.  His future is very bright with some amazing opportunities.  For all of that I am very grateful.  HOWEVER, I am still a mom, and he is my wholeRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Happy Friday friends!  I am beyond ready for the weekend! So, what are you doing this weekend?  I am hosting a party, and I am looking forward to having friends over to celebrate the season.  I’ll make sure to post the details and pics soon.  In the meantime I thought I’d share a few quick pics to show I do Fall decor in my home.  I’m not an expert by any stretch; however, I am a firm believer in looking at lots of pics to get ideas for myself.   So, maybe these pics will give you some ideas you can use as well.Read More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hi friends!  It’s Wednesday and I cannot believe I am actually getting a post done mid-week.  This is usually the hardest one to get done because I am struggling to fit it all in.  Plus, life is crazy right now.  Son #2 just got word that his ship date has been moved up.  He leaves this week.  So, that means I am trying to squeeze in every spare moment I have with him before he heads to boot camp for nine weeks.  Anyway, I thought today I’d just share what’s up in my world.  You know, new discoveries, favorites, and maybe aRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hi there.  How are you?  I am seriously struggling these days.  Son #2 leaves for Navy boot camp in about 9 days.  I cannot even put into words the struggle I am having, but more on that later.  (although, if anyone has any advice for me, please send it my way!)  Today I wanted to talk about Halloween costumes.  Some of you have maybe already run out and purchased a costume for you or your kiddos.  Some of you, like me, may still not even know what you’re doing.  And maybe some of you, again like  me, do not enjoy dressing upRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Cultivate…that’s the title of a book I am working my way through.  The full title is actually, Cultivate ~ A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life.  It’s by Lara Casey.  I find myself pondering on the big ideas and doing a lot of reflecting.  So, it’s not a fast read.  It’s more  of a work book to help you create a flourishing life and let go of perfection.  I don’t know about you, but I could use a few lessons on this very thing. Don’t get me wrong.  I have a good life.   A wonderful, loving family.  We enjoy good health. Read More →